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Exhibition Name:

The Machine Inside: Biomechanics

Description: Spider webs stronger than steel? Fish that can bite through bricks? All species—from the long-extinct to the recently-discovered—have evolved specialized ways of adapting to the world. In this new traveling exhibition from The Field Museum, discover the marvels of natural engineering—and see how humans can draw inspiration from the innovations of evolution.

Through immersive design, real objects and scientific models, interactives, and media, this exhibition takes visitors past the familiar surface of nature, and deep into its invisible workings. Examples will draw from the entire natural world, from ants to microbes to humans. Major themes include:

Built to Survive
  • Every living thing must contend with the elemental challenges of life on Earth. Plants and animals have evolved clever shapes and novel materials that provide extraordinary strength against external forces. Under the surface, nature's pipes and pumps tirelessly transport nutrients to sustain every cell. And in Earth's most uninviting environments, species are some of nature's greatest innovators.
Built to Move
  • In the constant quest to find food and evade predators—whether through air or water—animals exhibit many modes of locomotion. Learn how size, shape, drag, and viscosity affect one's ability to move. And, see how a springy spine is the key to the cheetah's speed.
Built to Discover
  • Explore the tools and techniques plants and animals use to respond to the mysterious world around them. It's much more than our five familiar senses.


Category: Science & Technology
Primarily Consists Of: Objects, 3-Dimensional (in cases/vitrines)
Cost: Discounted pricing available; please inquire
Size: 7,500 ft² and 5,000 ft² (for international travel) versions available
Venue Length: 3 months
Availability: Fall 2017
Special Requirements: Ceiling height of 13 ft; climate control; electricity; gallery supervision; high security; insurance value of $2,500,000, general liability; nonrefundable deposit
Previous Venues: 1) The Field Museum, Chicago
2) The Perot Museum of Nature & Science
Organization: The Field Museum
Contact: Lindsay Washburn
Address: 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, 60605 USA
Phone: (312) 665-7311
Fax: (312) 665-7324
Email: Please sign in to view email address.
Website: http://www.fieldmuseum.org/about/traveling-exhibitions/machine-inside-biomechanics

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